Botox®

Botox®

Have you been considering Botox®? You’re not alone. Injectables like Botox® are an increasingly popular choice for men and women throughout Santa Rosa and the Bay Area who want to achieve a natural, more youthful look. Our experienced staff at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics are experts in Botox® treatments— and are happy to answer all your questions and help put your concerns behind you.

Aging is inevitable, but how you age is up to you.

At Morpheus Medical Aesthetics, we celebrate the beauty of growing older and aging joyfully and gracefully. Each passing year presents new opportunities, providing you the chance to pursue your dreams, explore new passions and hobbies, spend time with loved ones, travel and learn, build confidence, and develop wisdom. Each day is another chance to enjoy the beautiful life you’ve made for yourself. Still, there’s a part of getting older that many of us can’t help but dread: WRINKLES!

Through life’s most joyful moments and hardest lessons, you display the full spectrum of emotion on your face. Every smile, laugh, squint, wink, frown, and shocked eyebrow raise, your facial muscles contract and crease the overlying skin. Over time, these very expressions will turn your once-fleeting lines into permanent fixtures of your complexion, affecting not just your appearance but your sense of vitality.

Botox® is an age-defying treatment that can boost your beauty and help you achieve a natural, youthful look. Botox® temporarily reduces the muscle movements that are the root cause of expression lines. In doing so, Botox® effectively smoothes your skin and eases your worries of appearing older and more tired than you are. After just one treatment, you can achieve satisfying results that help you look and feel like your authentic self.

If you’d like to learn more, we will happily schedule a consultation for you with one of our experienced injectors in either our Santa Rosa or Larkspur location. Please call us at (707) 921-7447 to get started or visit our contact page.

What Is Botox®, and How Does it Work?

Botox® has been used in the medical field for a long time, initially employed for its medical efficacy. Botox® was first FDA-approved in 1989 for the treatment of eyelid muscle spasms. Soon after its release, doctors noticed that it also had cosmetic benefits. Botox® injections were doing more than relaxing overactive eyelid muscles — they were also relaxing wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. The FDA approved Botox® as an aesthetic treatment in 2002. Now it is used by millions of people each year and is one of the most recognized names in the beauty and cosmetic industry.

The active ingredient in Botox® is the neurotoxin botulinum toxin Type A. When introduced to a muscle, this neurotoxin prevents the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscle movements. By blocking acetylcholine, Botox® ensures that the treated muscle never receives the message to contract. In turn, this reaction prevents the skin over the muscle from creasing, thus preventing unwanted lines and wrinkles. Your untreated muscles are not affected, so you don’t end up looking frozen or unable to make natural facial expressions. You’ll still look like you, just with fewer wrinkles and a softer appearance!

During your initial consultation, one of our friendly aesthetic experts will assess your skin, evaluate your concerns, and determine if Botox® is right for you. We also offer Dysport® and Xeomin®, as well as a variety of injectable dermal fillers.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox® Injections?

A Botox® injection is an incredibly versatile treatment that can turn back the clock, reviving your confidence and refreshing your facial appearance. This minimally invasive treatment is suitable for most everyone – including both men and women of any skin tone and type. Some of the common cosmetic concerns Botox® addresses include:

  • Crow’s feet – wrinkles near the eyes
  • Glabellar lines – the ‘11’ that forms between the eyebrows
  • Lines across the forehead
  • Sagging eyebrows
  • Vertical neck bands
  • A gummy smile
  • Bunny lines – lines that appear on the nose

In addition, Botox® is effective at treating the following medical concerns:

  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Discomfort in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • A lazy eye or crossed eyes
  • Involuntary muscle twitching

Take our Neurotoxin test here to see if you’re a candidate!

How is Botox® Different from Other Injectables?

Both Botox® and dermal fillers are used to treat wrinkles, but they work differently to deliver their anti-aging benefits. Botox® limits muscle movements to smooth away expression lines, while dermal fillers restore lost volume in the face, lips and hands. Unlike Botox®, dermal fillers have no effect on muscle activity and are suitable for static wrinkles that are visible when the face is at rest. Both treatments provide safe, effective and temporary results, but we may recommend one over the other depending on your specific concerns. In some cases, combining Botox® and dermal fillers can offer a more natural, seamless look by addressing several different signs of aging at once. During your consultation, our team will assess your needs and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your goals and expectations.

What Can I Expect During Botox® Treatments?

Before your Botox® injection, one of our aesthetic experts will identify which muscles require treatment, and then clean the designated area. An icepack may be applied to help mitigate any discomfort you might experience during treatment. The injector will then administer the Botox® using a fine needle and it will begin to bind to nerve receptors, preventing the release of chemicals that stimulate muscle movement. These muscles won’t be paralyzed entirely but will be relaxed enough to avert any significant skin creasing. You might feel a small stinging sensation while being injected; this is normal and very brief.

Treatments generally take just 10 to 20 minutes to complete. However, this can vary from person to person, depending on the scope of the treated area and the number of units used. Botox® is often referred to as a ‘lunchtime’ procedure because it is quick, letting you get back to work immediately afterward with no downtime. With convenient locations in Santa Rosa and Larkspur, our Bay Area patients can be in and out with minimal disruption to their busy lifestyle, making it easy to fit Botox® into your schedule!

Is There Any Aftercare or Recovery?

Botox® requires no downtime or recovery. You may experience mild redness or swelling in the treated area, but these effects are short-lived for most patients. In rare cases, Botox® can migrate from the injection site and cause temporary weakness in nearby muscles. To minimize this risk, it’s recommended that you avoid lying down or rubbing treated areas after your appointment to give the product time to settle. Strenuous activities should also be limited until the next day, as increased blood flow can cause diffusion and negatively impact your results. Other than these minor restrictions, you can immediately resume your normal routine.

What Results Can I Expect After My Botox® Treatment?

The anti-aging benefits of Botox® usually take two to five days to appear. Improvements will continue to develop after your appointment, and full results are typically achieved by day 10.

After just one Botox® session, you’ll notice your skin appears visibly smoother, giving you a more youthful image. Depending upon the treated areas, Botox® injections typically last for three to four months, but you can prolong your results with an occasional maintenance or touch-up appointment. Over time, subsequent treatments can even help “train” the facial muscles to relax more easily. Most people who opt for Botox® receive injections at least three times a year if they wish to maintain their results indefinitely.

Not only will Botox® smooth out existing wrinkles, but it can also stop new ones from forming. By limiting muscle activity in treated areas, Botox® minimizes the facial movements that cause expression lines in the first place, keeping them from becoming deeper and more noticeable. For patients in their 20s or 30s, Botox® can treat the signs of aging before they emerge and slow the onset of wrinkles around the eyes, nose and forehead. If you’re interested in preventative Botox®, our aesthetic experts can develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Botox® Safe?

That’s a resounding yes! Botox® has been proven safe and effective since coming onto the scene over 20 years ago. The active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, is extracted and purified in a laboratory under strict conditions. Once introduced into the body, Botox® remains near the injection site and doesn’t travel throughout your system. It works solely on the muscles it was meant to treat and wears off naturally after about six months. As with any cosmetic treatment, there are still some risks involved, but our providers will review all of these carefully during your consultation to determine if Botox® is right for you.

Does Botox® Cause Numbing?

Botox® works by decreasing muscle activity, but it doesn’t lead to numbness or cause you to lose sensation in treated areas. Your face might feel fuller, heavier or tighter immediately after treatment, but this is normal and should subside over the course of a week or two.

Can I Combine Botox® with Other Treatments?

Absolutely! In fact, Botox® often works best when combined with treatments that address different types of wrinkles. Botox® is effective for dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movements, while dermal fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane® and Radiesse® restore lost volume to erase static wrinkles that are always visible. If you have other skin-related concerns, our talented staff might recommend additional services such as microneedling or laser resurfacing to help you achieve more comprehensive and natural-looking results.

Are Botox® Injections Painful?

We don’t think so… but everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Each Botox® injection takes just a few seconds to complete, and most patients compare the sensation to a slight pinprick. Our skin care experts use a fine needle and gentle touch to make your treatment as smooth and comfortable as possible. We also offer numbing cream or ice cubes upon request, because we want you to look forward to your Botox® injections as much as we do!

What if I Change My Mind — Is Botox® Reversible?

Botox® is temporary, but if you aren’t satisfied with your results or have a change of heart, the effects of “bad” Botox® can’t be reversed. The best way to avoid Botox® you’re not happy with is to choose an experienced provider that understands the right technique for achieving your goals. At Morpheus Medical Spa, we inject the smallest amount possible in strategic locations to achieve an optimal result. We aim for symmetry, balance and facial harmony, ensuring a subtle look that enhances your natural appearance.

How Long Will My Botox® Results Last?

Although it varies depending on the patient and which areas were treated, Botox® typically lasts for three to four months. First-timers might notice their Botox® wearing off sooner, but the longevity of your results may improve with subsequent treatments as the facial muscles become “trained” to relax more easily.

What Happens When Botox® Begins to Wear Off?

A few months after receiving Botox® injections, you’ll feel a gradual return of muscle movement in treated areas. As it loses its anti-aging effects, expression lines and wrinkles will start to become more apparent. Some patients prefer to wait until it completely wears off before their next treatment, while others schedule an appointment at the first sign of waning. Our aesthetic experts can help you determine when the time is right for a touch-up.

Contact Morpheus Medical Aesthetics

At Morpheus Medical Aesthetics, we are proud to provide services that complement your natural beauty and reveal your best self at any age. Our goal is to renew your appearance and highlight your features, not change who you are or hide the qualities that make you uniquely you.

The facial expressions that convey your emotions can leave unwanted lines in their wake. If you are ready to embrace the aging process without creases around your eyes and forehead, schedule your Botox® consultation at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics today. Our qualified injectors will design an individualized treatment plan that gives you the smooth, beautiful results you’re looking to achieve. Please contact us at (707) 921-7447 or visit our contact page to request an appointment at one of our two beautiful locations in Santa Rosa and Larkspur.

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